The University of Maine's (UMaine) Advanced Structures and Composites Center has completed static testing of a 56-meter wind turbine blade for turbine manufacturer Gamesa.
The blade was manufactured in North America and delivered to UMaine in late August, notes the university.
‘This is the biggest structure we have tested to date, extending nearly 80% of the length of our blade test lab,’ notes Dr. Habib Dagher, director at the UMaine Composites Center.
UMaine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center helps companies create innovations from concept through design, modeling, prototyping, testing and code compliance reporting. The $110 million, ISO 17025-accredited lab has completed more than 500 product development and testing projects over the past five years, the center notes.